SideReel's Fall TV Preview - CBS - Featured

As the premieres of the new fall shows approach, we'll be giving you a peek at this fall's newbies and our opinions on each network's new shows all week!

Check out the FOX Fall Preview, the NBC Fall Preview, the ABC Fall Preview and today, the CBS preview below!

The Best:

The Good Wife - Premieres September 22nd

While I'm not personally a big fan of legal dramas, The Good Wife looks very intriguing, actually has a unique personal storyline for the main character, and has a great cast. The show stars Julianna Margulies (ER) as the wife of Chris Noth (Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Sex and the City), a Chicago district attorney who goes to prison for his under the table dealings. This sends their family into turmoil and Margulies' character back to work to support her family as a junior associate in a law firm. Margulies promises to be a strong and fascinating female lead, and the story looks very solid and unique as it explores the post-disaster lives of a family we could easily see on TV when we, as Margulies comments in the promo, would wonder why that wife is standing next to her husband as all the sexual and political affairs come crumbling down around him.

NCIS: Los Angeles - Premieres September 22nd

I've only caught a few episodes of the original NCIS, but considering the success of the series, we can only assume this spinoff will be just as wild a hit as the original! According to the CBS promo, there's plenty of exciting action, a fantastic cast, and fun technology that will keep viewers' hearts pumping, and will have the addictive character draw essential to being more than just an interesting procedural show.

The Worst:

Accidentally on Purpose - Premieres September 21st

As a fan of romantic comedies, I'd love to love Accidentally on Purpose, but unless it has some major cuteness and cleverness it's hiding from the promos, this one looks like a big flop. The show stars Dharma and Greg's Jenna Elfman as a single woman in her 30s who tries out the cougar lifestyle, only to end up pregnant after a short affair with a guy in his 20s. From there, it promises to deliver moments of freak-out and support with her gal pals, and moments of freak-out and lame immature guy support from the father. In other words, this looks like an awful combination of NBC's upcoming Cougar Town and The Secret Life of The American Teenager. If you didn't just wince at that, well, then I guess go ahead and check it out, but otherwise, I'd highly recommend just politely turning the other way while cute Ms. Elfman stumbles into cancellation.

The Wild Card:

Three Rivers - Premieres October 4th

Three Rivers is yet another new medical drama, but this one specifically focuses on organ donation from three perspectives: the doctor, the donor, and the recipient. Its pluses are that it stars Moonlight's Alex O'Loughlin who appears to transfer quite beautifully from canceled vampire to hopeful doctor, it's an original plotline, and it looks like it could easily capture our hearts as well as keep us medically fascinated. The negatives are that it's yet another medical drama premiering right after ER has concluded and will be competing with NBC's much more likely ER replacement of Trauma. Also, while the story looks interesting and unique, that may not be enough to make the show great and to get viewers to notice it, especially being on CBS which is more crime drama focused network.

Saved for late fall/midseason:

Miami Trauma

Undercover Boss

Arranged Marriage

Which new CBS shows will you be checking out?

Check out the Fall 2009 TV Calendar here




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Sep 3, 2009 3:30AM EDT

None of these really appeal to me...

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Sep 3, 2009 5:48AM EDT

Yeah, these are pretty boring. NCIS, though I wont watch it, will probably do good because its another spin-off of a proven show. LL Cool J is solid in these types of roles so he should be good. I'll probably be forced to see Accidentally on Purpose a couple times simply because its after How I met your mother and before two and a half men and big bang theory, but thats a show that will only get ratings because of its lead in.

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